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Marco Cáceres
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Marco Cáceres is the senior space analyst and director of space studies for the Teal Group, a defense and aerospace consultancy just outside of Washington, DC. He writes about satellites, launch vehicles and spaceports, and forecasts the future of space markets. In his spare time, he serves as the editor of Honduras Weekly. He is also the cofounder of projecthonduras.com, an international network of volunteers involved in Honduras, and the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. Marco is the author of the book, The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manual Zelaya in Honduras. His follow-up book, The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014. He is originally from Tegucigalpa.

In a previous life, Marco served on the personal staff of US Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), covering a range of issues, including defense, trade, and foreign affairs as both a legislative correspondent and legislative aide. He was part of Senator Domenici's team which drafted and passed legislation creating the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Research Initiative or "Sematech", designed to strengthen the international competitive position of the US semiconductor industry.

Entries by Marco Cáceres

The Impending Battle on Presidential Reelection in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:08 PM

It is widely believed in Honduras that President Juan Orlando Hernández will call for a public referendum within the next two years (probably before the primary elections in late-2016) to reform Article 374, which prohibits the reelection of a president. Okay, bear with me here, because it gets a little...

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Honduras' PAC: Nothing But Talk?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The Anti-Corruption Party (PAC) in Honduras yesterday announced that it would soon make known its official views on the performance thus far of the government of President Juan Orlando Hernández. Representative Fátima Mena, who heads the 13-member PAC delegation in the Honduran Congress said that a diverse team of experts...

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Sure Enough, the End of Bipartisan Politics in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

On June 27, 2011, Patricia Rodas, who served as the foreign minister under the Zelaya government (2006-2009) in Honduras, predicted that the advent of the proposed new political party known as the Broad Popular Resistance Front (FARP) would mark the end of Honduras' two-party system in the next presidential election...

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Honduras' 'El Carretillazo': Why So Much Fuss Over Such a Little Crime?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 3:36 PM

One of the most common rebuttals by supporters of former President Manuel Zelaya Rosales to the admission by former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza earlier this month that he had authorized the withdrawal of Lps 50 million ($2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras just days before...

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Honduras: A Little Too Much Wishful Thinking, Way Too Many Loudmouths

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 9:52 AM

In an interview published yesterday by Honduras' El Heraldo newspaper with well-known Honduran columnist and political analyst Juan Ramón Martínez, Mr. Martínez explained why he thought the socialist Libre Party is in decline. He attributed the recent decision by Libre's second-in-command, Esdras Amado López, to leave Libre and create his...

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Libre in Honduras, More House of Cards Than Big Tent

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:03 AM

The move by the Subcoordinator General of the Libre Party, Esdras Amado López, to form his own party -- Nueva Ruta (New Route) -- and run for President of Honduras in 2017 is significant, not because Mr. López has a chance in Hell of winning or even being more than...

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Dissonant Rumblings Within the Libre Party in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:06 PM

There are some interesting rumblings within the Libre Party, not only because of Enrique Flores Lanza's admission last week regarding his involvement in the so-called "El Carretillazo" scandal (read "Will the Real Frog Please Step Up"), but because of the possible impact it has had on some of...

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What If Obama Really Went Off the Deep End Like Honduras' Mel Zelaya

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Just imagine this story. President Barack Obama decides he wants to have a national referendum on being able to have a national referendum during the next general elections. The second referendum would be about rewriting the US Constitution. Yep, trash the current one, and come up with a radically new...

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The Breaking 'Cartgate' Scandal in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 1:34 PM

The admission this week by former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza that he did authorize the withdrawals of Lps 50 million ($2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras in the days just prior to the overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009 has...

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Honduras: The Buck Stops With You, Mr. Zelaya

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

After five years of denying knowledge of the illegal withdrawals of Lps 40 million (US$2 million) and Lps 10 million (US$500,000) from the Central Bank of Honduras on June 24 and June 26 of 2009, Enrique Flores Lanza, who served as the Minister of the Presidency under President Manuel Zelaya...

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Honduras: Enrique Flores Lanza Comes Clean

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 9:41 AM

It's amazing what one will fess up to when faced with huge financial penalties or prison time. Enrique Flores Lanza, who served as Minister of the Presidency under the government of President Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009) in Honduras and was among President Zelaya's closest advisers, has now acknowledged that he received...

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Honduras on Pace for 10.7 Percent Decline in Homicide Rate

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Preliminary homicide figures for Honduras are out. According to a report released by the country's Ministry of Security on August 11, a total of 3,367 murders were committed from January to July, compared to 3,990 during the first seven months of 2013. If confirmed, the new number would represent a...

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'Exceptional American'

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:49 AM

I've never been much for the idea of "American exceptionalism." Always thought it sounded smug, egomaniacal. It's as if we in the United States have this strange need to keep reminding ourselves that we are inherently better than everyone else simply because... well, we're Americans. Senior editor at TIME Ishaan...

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It's Blackout Season Again in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:24 AM

As if it didn't have enough problems already, Honduras is having to endure a severe shortage of electricity, which has caused the National Electric Power Company (ENEE) to begin rationing power. For at least four hours a day, there is no electricity in the country. In Tegucigalpa, the blackouts are...

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Political Patronage in Honduras: It's Feast or Famine

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:14 AM

One of the main reasons the Liberal Party in Honduras appears amenable to exploring a loose alliance with other opposition political parties such as Libre and the PAC is that it wants to be able to more effectively pressure the central government, led by the National Party, to release funds...

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A Libre-Liberal-PAC Alliance in Honduras: How Would That Actually Work?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 7:13 PM

Less than a month ago, members of the Executive Central Council of the Liberal Party (CCEPL) dismissed the idea of an alliance with the socialist Libre Party. Victor Cubas noted that an alliance was not possible, given that Libre is made up of radical groups who subscribe to an ideology...

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Liberals and Libres in Honduras: Powerless

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:22 PM

There are few things worse than irrelevance, particularly in politics, and especially so in governance. This is what is facing the Liberal, Libre, and PAC parties in Honduras. Okay, President Juan Orlando Hernández and his National Party effectively own the Executive branch of government. With 48 of the 128 seats...

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Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Copán

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:38 PM

For the Jewish people, it is Jerusalem. For Muslims, it is Mecca. For Catholics, it is Vatican City. For non-Catholic Christians, it is Bethlehem. For Buddhists, it is Bodh Gaya. For Hindus, it is Varanasi. For Tibetan Buddhists, it is Llasa. For Sikhs, it is Amritsar. And on and on....

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Wake Up Call to the Honduran Diaspora

(11) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Every time I return to Honduras for a visit or talk to someone who has returned from Honduras, I ask them..."Aha vos, y como están las cosas?" I always get the same answer. "The value of the lempira has gone down again. The price of frijoles is much higher. We're...

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Shakespeare's Hamlet Heads to Honduras

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:15 PM

By now, anyone who is a fan of William Shakespeare knows that this year marks the 450th anniversary of the English playwright's birth in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. While not entirely clear on the date of Shakespeare's birth, many historians believe it fell on April 23, 1564.

In celebration...

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